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Jon (Author's Website)

I am the proprietor of ShaynaTheMiracleDog.com, and the luckiest guy in the world to have been Shayna's "dad" since adopting her in 2002. I'm also the author of the upcoming e-book, "Saved By Shayna: Life Lessons from a Miracle Dog."
To learn more about me, please visit www.jonsutz.com.

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09Apr13: A day in the life with Shayna

09Apr13: A day in the life with Shayna

April 10, 2013 | By | Add a Comment

The sunset today really illuminated Shayna’s emerging copper undercoat… (had to pay special for that, wasn’t included in the original factory equipment!), so I decided to take some pics:                      

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07Apr13: Celebrating the 11th anniversary of our adoption at the CASPCA

07Apr13: Celebrating the 11th anniversary of our adoption at the CASPCA

April 10, 2013 | By | Add a Comment

As I describe in my upcoming book, April 7, 2002 was the happiest day of my life.   For that was the day that after a long, long search, I finally found the “right” first dog for me – at the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA (CASPCA).  From 2003-2009 or so, every April 7 I brought a cake and […]

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March 2013: Shayna’s continuing trick training, and more

March 2013: Shayna’s continuing trick training, and more

April 2, 2013 | By | Add a Comment

  30Mar13 Toy training at Albemarle High School On this relatively warm spring day, we did our training outside, and had a ball. As you can see, Shayna looks incredibly good, is running around like a maniac, and is feeling good. The end is as sweet as any moment in my life has ever been. […]

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Our visits to the Senior Center

Our visits to the Senior Center

April 2, 2013 | By | Add a Comment

In February 2013, I contacted the nearby Senior Center, to express my interest in bringing Shayna for some visits, because she seems to have a real knack for putting smiles on older folks’ faces. As noted in my upcoming book, and elsewhere on this blog, I’ve seen this over and over again – she can […]

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Shayna and “Katie Bug”

Shayna and “Katie Bug”

April 1, 2013 | By | Add a Comment

One recent warm afternoon, Shayna and I were sitting on the patio at Panera, when along came an acquaintance of ours and her niece, Katie, who’s all of three years old. Katie (nickname: “Katie Bug”) and Shayna instantly fell in love, and is just as sweet as you can see in these pictures. She brought […]

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14Mar13 – Flash card training, and a shout-out to an old friend

14Mar13 – Flash card training, and a shout-out to an old friend

March 15, 2013 | By | Add a Comment

This video shows Shayna doing her flash card toy retrieval training, and dunking balls in her new talking basketball backboard.  Plus, I give a shout-out to a one of the employees at the CASPCA with whom I interacted from January-April 2002, Shaye, who was so helpful and patient as I began the long search for […]

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12Mar13: “Celebrating 4 months plus 1, 2, 3, 4…”

12Mar13: “Celebrating 4 months plus 1, 2, 3, 4…”

March 12, 2013 | By | Add a Comment

Summary: Shayna is doing amazingly well.  We are very, very fortunate, especially for those who’ve donated to Shayna’s Health Fund, which helps enable me to continue providing her with the array of medicines and supplements that, so far, are keeping her in such amazing health. Previously: See our February 8 update, which contains a detailed […]

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20Feb13: Day trip to UVa; glowing Shayna

20Feb13: Day trip to UVa; glowing Shayna

February 22, 2013 | By | Add a Comment

As I describe on this site and elsewhere, the University of Virginia, and particularly the Rotunda, is one of my and Shayna’s favorite places to visit.  For me, it’s where my spiritual journey to rebuild my life after 9/11 began – and to ask for help to find the “right” first dog for me.  For […]

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08Feb13 Update on Shayna: Great news!!!

08Feb13 Update on Shayna: Great news!!!

February 8, 2013 | By | Add a Comment

It gives me great pleasure to report some really great news, to Shayna’s friends and donors to her Health Fund! On Monday, February 4, we had our long-awaited follow-up exam and ultrasound with our wonderful holistic veterinarian, Dr. Janice Raab.  Aside from evaluating Shayna’s overall health, the key question was whether the tumor on her heart (hemangiosarcoma) […]

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24Jan13: “Sidelight Shayna”

24Jan13: “Sidelight Shayna”

January 25, 2013 | By | Add a Comment

Several of the people who are closest to us have commented about how Shayna seems to “glow,” physically and spiritually. But trying to photograph a black dog can be tricky, even if she does glow. The other night, however, the lamp on the end table happened to be positioned perfectly to catch her physical glow […]

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